Month: January 2014

January 10-12: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

Do: I went to the ROM last weekend for the first time in years, definitely have not been since the crystal installation.  I forgot how neat everything there was. The Urban Capers are making the ROM even more interesting this Saturday but hosting a murder mystery scavenger hunt. For $30 plus fees and taxes, you get admission to the museum and 2.5 hours beginning at 1pm to complete the hunt. So grab a friend or five and see if you can complete the challenge.

See: The amount of theatre in this city never ceases to amaze me. The Next Stage Theatre Festival runs until January 19th. This festival takes place at the Factory Theatre on Bathurst. Tickets are either $10 or $15 depending on the show and which theatre it is in. This festival is sponsored by the Toronto Fringe Festival and is an opportunity for past Fringe artists to take their performances to a larger audience. Some shows were part of previous Fringe Festivals while others are completely new. It’s a great way to see independent theatre.

Eat/Drink: The Fringe Festival takes place in the summer. Anyone remember summer, when we complain that its too humid? It may seem like a distant memory but at the Next Stage Theatre Festival, you can relive the joys of summer in their heated McAuslan Beer Tent. The tent is open hour before the first show of the day and stays open one hour after the last show of the day and on January 11th from 8-11pm, they are hosting a “January is the New July“. Enjoy this party with the staff, artists and audience members where they will have free desserts and craft beer samplings.

thirsty thursday: italian vodka soda

Hope you’re all settling back in to the first week at work nicely. This week can be tough, still on holiday brain and trying so hard to stick to your resolutions. Hopefully this cocktail can brighten up your week. I had this drink a few weeks ago at Famoso in the Annex. There’s also one at Yorkdale. The pizza was absolutely fantastic. I’m not usually a huge fan of thin-crust pizza but this so good. The drink I had with it was also delicious. This Vodka Italian Soda is made with San Pellegrino and Vodka (so could be replicated at home). The one I had was blood orange, which I absolutely love but you can get any of the San Pellegrino flavours (lemon, blood orange, orange or grapefruit). They also have peach and raspberry Italian soda you can get it made with. Their drink menu is pretty extensive and all of the drinks sound so delicious. I will definitely be having this another time, and possibly try another flavour (but probably not because I love blood orange so much).

cocktail, toronto
delicious drink at famoso

January 3-5: what to do/see/eat/drink this weekend in toronto

It has been super cold here in Toronto the past few days so leaving the house has seemed less and less appealing. However, tomorrow is going to be a balmy -1 and Sunday a nice 0 so maybe there is hope to come out of hibernation this weekend. Here’s a few things happening in the city to lure you out of your warm bed/Netflix marathon. 

Do: Saturday nights at Harbourfront Centre is DJ Skate Nights. Starting at 8pm and going until 11pm, tomorrow night, the Brazilian-style Uma Nota crew will be performing with DJ Firecracker and General Eclectic. Best of all, the DJ Skate Nights are free, so lace up your skates and put on your fuzziest winter gear and enjoy a party on the ice. 

See: Until January 12th, The Musical of Musicals, the Musical! is playing at the Panasonic Theatre on Yonge St. Tickets start at $19 for any of their shows. This award-winning, Patron Pick from the 2013 Fringe Festival parodies five classic musicals and is a satirical love-letter to musicals of the 20th century. This show looks perfect to bring out your inner drama geek.  

Eat: Just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t eat fresh eat locally. Every Sunday from now until February 23rd, Steam Whistle Brewery will have a Winter Farmer’s Market from 10am-2pm. This market will have local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, maple products, honey and beauty product. It’s a great way to support local farmers, plus you can pick up some local brews while you’re at it. 

Drink: Every Sunday night is F*ck Mondays at the Farmhouse Tavern. With rotating drink specials beginning at at 6pm, it is a great way to not waste a Sunday night dreading Monday morning. They also have $1 oysters starting at 5pm and any food leftover after 9pm is half-price. And since Sunday is going to be the warmest day, you should probably leave the house.

Have a great weekend everyone!

thirsty thursday: my new years cocktail

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all celebrated the new years with the wonderful people in your life. This year, my friends and I opted for dinner out then going back to a friend’s place for some drinks and the countdown, and I have to say, it was perfect. Just the way I want to ring in the new year.

So, I thought I would share with you my favourite drink I used to ring in the new year. It was pretty simple too. Unfortunately, the picture doesn’t look super appetizing but I promise it was delicious. It also doesn’t really have a name, so I think I’ll call it the 2014. 

The 2014:
1 oz Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
5 oz Soda
Frozen Blueberries (we put a few too many in, but whatever floats your boat)

smirnoff blueberry vodka and soda
The 2014

I love blueberry vodka and I would normally prefer my vodka with 7Up but this is a little lighter on the calories. The flavoured vodka and the fruit add just enough sweetness. So, if you’re looking for a lighter option (to maybe help with your resolution), this drink without the blueberries is about 70 calories, the rest depend on the amount of blueberries you put in. 
I hope 2014 is getting off to a great start for you! Cheers.